COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 26: Steve Mason #1 and Antoine Vermette #50, both of the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators stretch prior to the start of their game on January 26, 2010 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis